Digital dominates as vinyl, tape and film disappear from UK homes

New figures have just come out from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), that show that the number of web-enabled devices in the typical UK household has increased from just one a decade ago to approximately six today.

And although this news - when we take a look around our homes - is nothing we couldn't have worked out for ourselves, the effect is that analogue devices such as film, tape and vinyl have been almost completely replaced, the current edition of the IET’s Engineering & Technology magazine reveals.

The magazine goes on to say that "in 2000, the typical household had about 17 consumer electronic devices (excluding white goods and simple electricals). Today that number has increased to more than 25".

Kris Sangani, whose "Gadget Census" is featured in the magazine, said: “The way we use our mobile phones, watch television, play games and listen to music has all changed considerably - and the web is the main driver increasing our gadget usage".

The next stage to this development, perhaps, is the replacement of hard copies of digital media such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray.

This might all sound well and good, with cloud computing meaning the need for hard copies decreasing, but in the fast moving world of technology precious data is still perhaps not as secure as hard copies - although degradation isn't such an issue, it's difficult to foresee what the state of sites such as Flickr, Facebook and Picassa will be in 30 years time.

With phones, TVs and even fridges now internet enabled, this trend towards a completely digital "online" home looks set to continue.

Are you happy to see these changes coming as fast as they are? Let us know in the comments below.